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Hackintosh, Universal Audio - Static Noise Problem

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Hi Dear Experts,

I've been having this issue for a while and finally made some progress in finding its source. I would kindly ask for your insights on this subject.

I am using a Hackintosh, High Sierra, Gigabyte Z170X with thunderbolt, Universal Audio Apollo connected into the thunderbolt port. I am experiencing a weird static interference, changing with computer activity or being unchanged sometimes (sample: https://www.dropbox.com/s/73uyhv7r7fz592x/noise recording.m4a?dl=0)

I originally thought that I am having a hardware issue and tried to eliminate the noise there. But then I noticed that if I dual-boot into Windows 10, the noise is completely absent. Once I log back into Hackintosh, the noise immediately returns.

Furthermore, when converting a WAV into MP3 by using a MediaHuman Audio Converter, the noise completely goes away once the conversion is launched, and comes back straight after the conversion is finished.

I conclude that such an issue seemingly lies in audio codecs/software communication to Thunderbolt/anything similar (not an expert!)

Any ideas where could I look to change some settings? Any clover configuration hints that could be a source of such behaviour?

Your help would be enormously appreciated, I've been trying to eliminate this issue forever now and finally was able to pinpoint its occurence...

Thank you,
Michael
 

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I've uploaded my config.plist. Kindly let me know if there is any way to generate an error log (not sure if I can considering there are no errors). Thank you!
 
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UPDATE:

Hi all, I was able to make the noise significantly quieter. In BIOS - Advanced CPU settings - I disabled all the C and P states, as well as set Package C state limit to C7s. Only this combination of settings led to significant reduction of noise.

It's still there, but quieter.

Hope this may help someone, and if you have any clues on what causes this interference to get rid of it fully, that would be appreciated.

A collection of threads that I found while working on this problem:





https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/audio-noise-fix-trick.221472/ (didn't help at all in my case)


General information about audio builds that was helpful:

 
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I had similar problem before.
Noise sound over earphone after wakeup from sleep. I modified the info.plist of CodecCommander as below the noise sound gone after wake up form sleep.

In info.plist of CodecCommander.kext under Root\IOKitPersonalities\CodecCommander\Codec Profile\Default\Custom Commands\Perform Reset on EAPD Fail\ . . <NO> change to ----><YES>

<key>Default</key>
<dict>
<key>Check Infinitely</key>
<false/>
<key>Check Interval</key>
<integer>3000</integer>
<key>Custom Commands</key>
<array/>
<key>Perform Reset on EAPD Fail</key>
<false/> change to ----><true/>
<key>Send Delay</key>
<integer>300</integer>
<key>Sleep Nodes</key>
<true/>
<key>Update Nodes</key>
<true/>
</dict>
 
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Thanks kindly Richard. I tried modifying CodecCommander.kext the way you've suggested.

The chirping sound still exists, maybe have changed slightly.

I am currently working around the issue by running Intel Power Gadget utility in Test -> All Threads mode. The noise goes away then. I attach the graph, it also shows the frequency oscillations that stabilise upon doing so.

If this may be an indication of anything, please let me know.

Thank you for your help!
 

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Thanks kindly Richard. I tried modifying CodecCommander.kext the way you've suggested.

The chirping sound still exists, maybe have changed slightly.

I am currently working around the issue by running Intel Power Gadget utility in Test -> All Threads mode. The noise goes away then. I attach the graph, it also shows the frequency oscillations that stabilise upon doing so.

If this may be an indication of anything, please let me know.

Thank you for your help!
The CodecCommander.kext should put in L/E not in C/K/O.
 
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The CodecCommander.kext should put in L/E not in C/K/O.
Hi Richard,

Thanks again for your help! I've put the codec into Library/Extensions, still chirps after reboot.

May it be connected with the C states of the processor? Potentially there could be a kext to control this?

Thanks.
 
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Hi echoesoflife.

Thanks a lot for your experience sharing !

I have exactly the same problem with my Apollo x8 and the thunderbolt 3.

The noise happened only on speakers, not on earphones and fortunately when I record something the noise is not on the record.
It's pretty like graphic informations is send to the Thunderbolt port because noise happened when I moove the mouse or have activity running.

More amazing, I still hear the noise when my sound card is turned off !!

When I disconnect the Thunderbolt Cable, the noise stop (fortunately)...

Please, continu to share your experience.
From my side I will ke you informed of all improvements.

My hardware configuration:
Gigabyte Z390 Designare
Intel Core i9-9900KS (LGA 1151, 4GHz, 8-Core)
Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Pulse (8Go)
Corsair Force MP510 (960Go, M.2 2280)

Run on Mojave

Thanks,
Florian.



Edit:
From my side, I have same issue on my dual boot on Windows 10..
So it's make me a reflection: I use 2 M.2 2280 SSD for each of my OS (Mojave and Windows 10 Pro). Do you also use a M.2 SSD for your Windows10 dual boot ???
Maybe something to dig in this way..
 
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hi, guys!
Sorry for English.
Have some problem with Realtek ALC 887. When High Sierra booting (may be 40% range)... makes some punch in speakers and static noise are appearing. It doesn't matter what im doing in system. Noise tone is constant.

Im tried install different tools like AppleALC.kext, VoodooHDA from MultiBeast High Sierra.
Help pls.
 

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Hi echoesoflife.

Thanks a lot for your experience sharing !

I have exactly the same problem with my Apollo x8 and the thunderbolt 3.

The noise happened only on speakers, not on earphones and fortunately when I record something the noise is not on the record.
It's pretty like graphic informations is send to the Thunderbolt port because noise happened when I moove the mouse or have activity running.

More amazing, I still hear the noise when my sound card is turned off !!

When I disconnect the Thunderbolt Cable, the noise stop (fortunately)...

Please, continu to share your experience.
From my side I will ke you informed of all improvements.

My hardware configuration:
Gigabyte Z390 Designare
Intel Core i9-9900KS (LGA 1151, 4GHz, 8-Core)
Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Pulse (8Go)
Corsair Force MP510 (960Go, M.2 2280)

Run on Mojave

Thanks,
Florian.



Edit:
From my side, I have same issue on my dual boot on Windows 10..
So it's make me a reflection: I use 2 M.2 2280 SSD for each of my OS (Mojave and Windows 10 Pro). Do you also use a M.2 SSD for your Windows10 dual boot ???
Maybe something to dig in this way..
Same here! I have apollo 16, if I turn it off I still have the noise but if I unplug the thunderbolt cable the noise stop. Can somebody help?
 
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